The goal of this page is to collect views related to immigration (both for and against) that have been justified in explicit Christian theological terms.
The significance of these views is as follows:
- Since a large number of people are Christians, these arguments carry moral weight. Even those who aren’t Christians need to understand the logic behind these arguments to engage in debate.
- Other religions, such as Judaism and Islam, share some texts and important doctrinal elements with Christianity, so some of the Christian theological arguments transfer to other religions.
- Even people who aren’t religious Christians may hold the Bible as a source of encapsulated wisdom and/or information about historical attitudes to immigration, which may shed light on issues related to immigration.
In the worst case, you may believe that the arguments based on Christian theology are neither here nor there, so they add no weight on either side of the immigration debate.
Here are some blog posts and articles (you can also view all blog posts tagged Christianity):
- Forum: The Bible is unabashedly pro-immigrant by Jerry Bowyer.
- Mr. Santorum, don’t build this wall by Jerry Bowyer.
- The Old Testament on Immigration by Nathan Smith for the Open Borders blog.
- The Old Testament on Immigration: Follow-Up by Nathan Smith for the Open Borders blog.
- “I Was a Stranger and You Took Me In…” by Nathan Smith for the Open Borders blog.
- Christianity vs citizenism by Nathan Smith for the Open Borders blog.
- A Biblical Frame for Immigration Liberalization by Paul Crider for the Open Borders blog.
- Orson Scott Card on Immigration by Evan for the Open Borders blog.
- Why don’t Christians care more about open borders? by John Lee for the Open Borders blog.
Here are some responses by Nathan Smith to restrictionist arguments that the Bible and Christianity justify restrictionism:
- “The Christian Perspective on Immigration”, a critique of an article published on the Center for Immigration Studies website.
- Migration and Christianity, a critique of multiple pieces on the VDARE website, including this and this.
- More on immigration and the Bible, a critique of The Bible Gives No Sanction to Open Borders.